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Introduction

Andrew Davies

in Projects: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print October 2017 | ISBN: 9780198727668
Published online October 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191793691 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780198727668.003.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Introduction

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Projects have existed since the earliest agrarian societies. While they may differ in purpose, scale, and scope, each project is established to bring together people with diverse knowledge to complete a temporary assignment, solve a complex problem, or turn a novel idea into reality. The Introduction defines a project as a combination of people and other resources brought together in a temporary organization and process to achieve a specified goal. It considers the role of the project manager, the difference between projects and operations, and a brief history of projects. Traditionally, project performance has been measured by the three constraints of cost, time, and quality, but it is now recognized that project success is multidimensional and varies over time.

Keywords: cost; operations; product life cycle; project; public–private partnership; quality; risk management; World Bank

Chapter.  5032 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Project Management

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